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ACLU At Guantánamo Monitoring Unconstitutional Military Commissions This Week

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - The
American Civil Liberties Union is at Guantánamo this week to monitor
the military commission hearing of Afghan national Mohammed Kamin. The
ACLU has been present as an independent observer at nearly every
military commission hearing since 2004 and continues to see no
indication that the proceedings are fair, impartial or in accordance
with constitutional principles.

Jennifer Turner, researcher with the ACLU Human Rights Program, will be observing this week’s proceedings.

Kamin is alleged to have provided
support to al Qaeda and the Taliban between January and May 2003. Last
week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Kamin is one of five
detainees held at the military prison in Guantánamo who will to
continue to be prosecuted in a military commission. The ACLU continues
to believe that the military commissions are a second class system of
justice and that terrorism suspects should be prosecuted in federal

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